Tag: pop culture

29 very cool, very affordable back-to-school finds for tweens and teens

Back-to-school shopping with tweens and teens is like a whooole new thing. They have pretty strong opinions about what they love and don’t love. Even more than preschoolers, if you can believe that. (Though at least they don’t insist on wearing their swimsuit and flip-flops to school in the winter, ha.) So we had a great time putting together this third back-to-school shopping miniguide on behalf of our partner JCPenney, to help you fin tons of cool stuff for your older kids. And it’s all so affordable. Yes! From backpacks and school gear to clothing essentials and those fun...

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Web Coolness: Best school locker idea ever, a peek at Malala’s new picture book, and the Snapchat feature that has parents freaking out.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   We adore this photo from educator Karen Buffalo showcasing how third-graders in one SC school decorated their lockers to depict their favorite books! They have great taste, huh? Amazing photos of how kids get to school around the world. Wow. The new Snapchat feature we’re kind of freaking out about. And our kids don’t like it much either. Did you watch our Facebook Live video on our back-to-school shopping haul? Do it now — there’s $200 worth of goodies we bought that can...

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Moleskine, meet Minions. And Vader. And Potter. And Haring. And Jagger…

Humans can’t live by keyboards alone, and for actual old school writing, we’re big fans of Moleskine notebooks. (Who isn’t, right?) Looking at the new Limited Edition Moleskine notebooks collection has my girls — and me — eager to put pen to paper, to journal our deepest thoughts. Or write a to-do list. Or jot down ideas. Or doodle. Anything really just to score one of these cool notebooks. I think this year’s collection especially speaks to teens (and the grown-ups who love them). With themes from rock n’ roll to pop culture, modern art to Minions, Disney characters...

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The coolest affordable back-to-school gear for preschool. (Like, crazy affordable!)

We know that feeling of realizing that whoa — that little baby of yours is now a preschooler (sniff) and it’s time to start on back-to-school shopping. We also know how special those first years of school can be, which is why we had so much fun putting together this back to school shopping guide just for you parents of preschoolers, on behalf of our partner JCPenney. We’ve scoured their site and put together our picks for the coolest backpacks, school gear, clothing basics, and other essentials that can help make September just a little — or okay, a...

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Get out the scissors! Check out these 7 sets of cool, modern, free printable paper dolls, from Wonder Woman to Hamilton

We’re big fans of free printable paper dolls and find ourselves downloading them all the time for our kids. But while vintage Betsy McCall paper dolls from our childhood still hold a nostalgic place in our hearts, our older kids are often drawn to more modern paper dolls with an edgier vibe, or at least pop culture references from their own lifetimes. With that in mind, I searched and found tons of fun, free printable modern paper dolls that get a big thumbs up from my older girls, including my picky teen. Related: The motherlode of free printable paper dolls for...

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Web coolness: The best dressing room mirrors, our dream Star Wars gift, Jane Austen is so money and more.

Here are some of the links we’ve loved reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Totally fascinated by this article in the Daily Mail about the differences in dressing room mirrors. Fascinating to read how the same woman in the same dress looks totally different in 10 different retail dressing rooms. Also, great tips on what makes for flattering lighting that you could use in your own home. (PS Remind us to shop at Selfridges when we’re in London!) We all want this new Star Wars gift so so badly! Family summer TV ideas you...

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Hamiltones crayons: We don’t know how to say no to this!

My daughter has been completely obsessed with Hamilton because she is a normal 2017 kid. And as an artist, she’s just as obsessed with these Hamiltones Hamilton crayons by Thespian Swag. Enough that she’s been forwarding me pictures of them for days. Now that I’ve finally clicked through…well, I get it! The dozen colors are so clever, including Alexander Hamil-tan and Burr’ple along with a green Your Daddy’s Got Money. But I admit I’m giving my own standing O to whomever came up with Maroon Where it Happens. Related: The best Hamilton party ideas: Decor, invitations, treats, and more. I’m hoping there...

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If you’re going to believe in unicorns, pick this one.

There’s a lot of chatter going around that things just haven’t been right with the world since Prince and David Bowie left it. I’m kind of in agreement. So I’m all for bringing them back in any way possible — like this totally rad “Carry Me Home” Bowie and Prince enamel tribute pin by designer Ice Cream Color for the shop Laser Kitten. I’d say it deserves a home on as many lapels, handbags, and cool-teen/tween backpacks as possible. Related: A site to support indie artists, not the retailers ripping them off Two of my very favorite artists of all time, together,...

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Cards Against Humanity for Her: The most absorbent pack…ever!

What do we girls do after we’ve fixed our men their martinis, fetched them their slippers, and they retire with the paper to catch up on those boring old things like economics and geopolitical conflict ? Why, we play Cards Against Humanity…for Her. Of course. The geniuses behind the play-after-the-kids-are-in-bed game have just won my heart — again — with this new deck made just for women. And what makes it just for women? It’s pink, of course! So what’s different about it? It’s pink, silly! Nothing else? God! No! What’s wrong with you? Are you getting your period? Related:...

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Web Coolness: Nickelodeon green slime ingredients revealed, the world’s worst baby onesies and more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Finally! The Nickelodeon green slime ingredients, revealed! (image via NickSplat) Speaking of vintage Nickelodeon, children of the 90s are all over these super hip Nicktoons accessories. Want! How to get free glasses for August’s solar eclipse. Why one mom cares what her teens wear, and it’s not what you’d expect. Adore this inspiring, inspirational series from one of our favorite authors and photographers, in celebration of a big milestone. Fantastic tips for managing summer screen time. Or if you’re looking to get rid of screen...

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The 90s are calling. They want you to wear these handbags.

Holy 90s redux! The Rugrats, one of my favorite all-time cartoons is back in the form of fabulous handbags, t-shirts, backpacks, hats and pet accessories. But wait! It’s not just Rugrats! It’s more like an entire 1993 Nicktoons marathon collided with Boxlunch and the result is awesome. Surely there’s something in the upcoming collection for any man, woman, or canine pining for Saturday mornings with Ren & Stimpy (my very favorite of all), Fairly Oddparents, Hey Arnold, Aaahh!! Real Monsters, and Spongebob‘s more arcane characters. But me? I’m all about the bags. Related: Cool Wonder Woman gifts that boys and men will...

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The Hamilton Instrumentals: Now YOU (or your kids) can star in the musical

If your kids are as obsessed with the The Hamilton Musical as mine are, then they probably know pretty much all the lyrics to every single song. And, you probably do, too. Well now, you can see how well they do thanks to the release of The Hamilton Instrumentals.  Related: Everything you need to throw the coolest Hamilton party Available on both Spotify and Apple Music, you can now access the entire Hamilton Musical soundtrack with just instrumentals, no lyrics. Hence the name. Now, your kids can put on their own musical performance of it (if they haven’t tried to...

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The hipster baby carrier of the year, courtesy of Keith Haring

The upcoming Keith Haring special edition Ergobaby carriers are being promoted as a celebration of parenting and art. Which they are. But if you know about the vision of this now iconic pop artist, wearing these new carriers says so much more. Keith Haring’s rainbow palette and social activist themes have come to represent the importance of community and equality, especially for the LGBT community, ever since his graffiti started appeared around New York City subways in the 1970’s. So imagine a lot of parents will be thrilled to wear those values comfortably on their chests, thanks to two different styles of...

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The cast of Hamilton gets bigger and cuddlier

Of our entire 2016 holiday gift guide, by far one of the most popular gift ideas were the genius handmade Hamilton dolls by Christina of Etsy’s Bobeena Shop. What can we say, you all have good taste in artists — and game-changing Broadway musicals. Now she’s out with a few brand new characters to help round out the most adorable founding fathers (and mothers) around: John Laurens and Hercules Mulligan. Add them to favorites like the Schuyler sisters and Alexander Hamilton himself and you’ll have the most enviable pop culture doll collection on the planet right now. Related: The best Hamilton party theme ideas: Decor, invitations, treats, and...

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Web coolness: Everything Mother’s Day, right down to the perfect handbag

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   The ultimate guide to last minute Mother’s Day gifts. Don’t forget your mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, grandmother — we’ve got you covered! Even if you’ve been…busy. (We get it.) Whatever you get for Mother’s Day, it can’t be as bad as these terrible Mother’s Day gifts! (Seriously…a discount bikini wax package?) 75 of the best Mother’s Day recipes from brunch to dinner to dessert. If you’re a mom, well hopefully someone else will be making them for you. A Mother’s Day gift...

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Web coolness: Mother’s Day gifts that are the bomb, Princess Charlotte’s birthday photos, a Kickstarter we’re excited about + more

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Happy Cinco de Mayo! Check out this video with the easiest recipes ever for your fiesta (plus a genius tip to keep guac from turning brown). So many Mother’s Day ideas, with only a week left!  Don’t miss: –Fabulous gift ideas from a new mom for other new moms on their first Mother’s Day –Fierce feminist Mother’s Day gifts for empowered moms –13 fantastic Mother’s Day gifts all under $20 that don’t feel cheap at all –9 gorgeous homemade food gifts for Mother’s Day. Yum....

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Web coolness: Funny Mother’s Day cards, gift ideas for cool moms, American Girl’s new leap, the best climate march signs

Here are a few things we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   18 Mother’s Day cards that totally crack us up, including this all-purpose apology card from the always hilarious Emily McDowell. Have you been checking out our fantastic 2017 Mother’s Day gift guide yet? Do it! Must see: 13 fantastic Mother’s Day gifts under $20 that don’t feel cheap at all. Fab homemade Mother’s Day food gift ideas. Sweet Mother’s day gifts: Floral tech cases Important video on why you need a social media policy for your sitter or caregiver. Blown away by...

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18 of the funniest Mother’s Day cards to help her momentarily forget all the pain you’ve caused

Every year we have the best times seeking out the funniest Mother’s Day cards for those moms who prefer a little sass to sentimentality. (You know the ones.) There are so many good ones out there — and man, so many bad ones — so we did our best just to put together the ones we’d love to get ourselves. Hopefully one is just perfect for a mom in your life, whether she’s the wittiest mom in school, the honest-to-a-fault mom who keeps you in check, or the mom who’s irreverent that she makes you blush. Related: 13 amazing Mother’s Day gifts for...

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A taco truck on every shoulder

While I’d personally be thrilled to have a taco truck on every corner (especially those ones from Austin, mmm…), I would happily settle for this hilarious taco truck lunch tote dangling from my shoulder. Especially because it doesn’t have to be a lunch tote at all; just wear it as a handbag and bask in that 2017 zeitgeist. Related: The taco truck playhouse for kids not satisfied with those boring castles. For the price, I can’t imagine it’s made of genuine nappa leather (or anything even remotely close to that). But then, for the cost of a few tacos pollo con mole — or two tickets...

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